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Tech Jobs in Canada 2019: Certifications, Salaries and Prospects

by Fahad Saleem

Canada is a place with an affordable cost of living and low crime rate. It’s a great option for those who are seeking highly paid and best technology jobs, since the demand for skilled technology professionals in Canada is strong. Canada has established itself as an early leader in emerging tech specialties such as AI, clean tech and cloud services. That has attracted the notice of tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. The tech sector of Canada has earned the title of fastest growing industry in the country. In Canada, the population of software developers, engineers and programmers grew by more than half between 2012 and 2017, according to CBRE, which is a real estate firm. 82,100 technology jobs were added in that period, which made it North America’s fastest -growing technology center. Canada requires 182,000 people to fill positions for information systems analysts and consultants, web technicians, computer and network operators, software engineers and others in by 2019, according to IT labor market report released this week. Currently, there are about 811,200 information communication and technology professionals employed in Canada.

Toronto offers the best technology jobs in Canada as compared to other major cities and therefore becoming the fastest growing market for tech jobs in the world. Ottawa and Montreal also made the list of top 15 fastest growing markets for tech jobs, ranking 13th and 14th, respectively.

Best tech jobs in Canada

Developers are taking the top spot in 2019. System administrator climbed to second in 2019 from last 6 years. There are new entries in this year including data analyst, help desk analyst and IT manager. According to a report, other high demanding occupations are:

  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Computer and network operators and web technicians
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Software engineers
  • Graphic designers and illustrators
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Data administrators


IT salaries in Canada

IT industry offers some of the competitive salaries in Canada. The average salary is $81,750, which is slightly up over last year’s $81,500. The bottom 10% of earners in the tech field make less than $40,600, whereas the top 10% of earners in technology see their salary surpass $114,300.

Tech skills in 2019

The top demanding skill is Java. Linux climbed 2 steps to be the second most in demand. The top third skill is JavaScript. SQL, Python, C#, C++ skills follow. The popular development methodology is agile. Expectedly, the most demanding skills are coding related. You’re in a strong position in the candidate-driven tech job market if you know how to code.

IT certifications in 2019

The most in demand certification of 2019 is Cisco’s network certification. Project management is also one of the top skills in IT. The top certifications in 2019 are overall diverse in nature, covering a range of IT skills.


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